Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. It is important that we take advantage of quality time with our families because we all know the school year can become so hectic.
During the 2016-17 school year, we implemented several successful initiatives, such as a Spanish FLES/enrichment program for students in grades K-2, “accountable talk” in all classrooms to improve academic achievement, and RAZ kids became a school-wide homework practice.
For the 2017-18 school year, we will continue to build our Spanish language program. Students in grades K-3 will receive Spanish instruction 2 times in our 6-day cycle. Third grade students who are in our Italian FLES program will not take Spanish. They will attend a library class instead.
Jefferson teachers will continue to implement and improve the practice of accountable talk in their classrooms in the 2017-2018 school year. Accountable talk is a highly effective instructional practice where children learn how to have authentic and meaningful conversations about academic experiences. Our classrooms will continue to grow students so they have the ability to discuss challenging concepts and problem solve. Jefferson teachers will continue guiding and coaching student conversations, which result in our students actively engaging in the learning process through talk.
As a school, we will continue to use RAZ kids as required reading in school and at home. RAZ kids is a computer-based program, which offers children opportunities to read many books on their individual levels. It is important that children read every day this summer. Please continue to use RAZ kids for summer reading.
This past spring, I had morning meetings with parents called “Coffee with the Principal.” I was glad to have so many parents attend and share ideas and experiences. This fall, I will meet with all parents again by grade levels. It is important that I hear your concerns and success stories. For Jefferson to be a successful and thriving school, parent input is vital. I hope you can attend.
Enjoy the summer. Read with your children.
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